Window Repair

Hi, I've got aluminum sliding windows, one of them is frosting up in between the two panes of glass. Can these be repaired.Isn't there supposed to be some sort of gas in between them? If they can be repaired where would I look, a glass shop, hardware store or what? Thanks
Stone
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Gary:
My understanding is you have to replace the glass. I have not heard of anyway to reseal a window. Once the seal is gone it is gone.

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Unknown is correct. You don't repair them. You replace the double pane glass unit.
The glass unit is removed by removing the retaining clips and breaking the seal on the exterior.
Most cities of any size have a glass company that can make you a new one in about a day. If the problem is with the lower removable sash, you can just take the whole thing in to them to measure and replace. I think I would wait till Spring.
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Ok, thanks guys.
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Is it likely to be cheaper to get new glass put in a failed Andersen window (out of warranty) than to replace the unit? Would it be better to get a new unit?
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My use of the word unit referred to the two panes of glass stuck together with the sealing flange around the edges.
This is commonly referred to as an IG (insulated glass) unit.
You are correct that in almost all cases it is cheaper just to replace the glass unit portion of the window than it is to buy a complete new sash. Whether the cost is cheaper to order a factory replacement or buy from a local fabricator varies from market to market. In my area the cost is about the same but the 1 day turn around time for local fabrication wins even if the cost was a few $ higher.
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Andersen glass warranty is 20 years plus it comes with instructions (also downloadable). You might call them to see if they will give you a replacement if you are slightly over warratny

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This one is 30+ years old. They won't replace it free. I tried. A genuine replacement from a local supplier is approx. $200.
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Look carefully around the 4 edges of the window for a brand name. Some windows have long guarantees if you can find out who made it. Usually on the glass very light etching.

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